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“When I first came to this job one of my two questions was: ‘Is climate change real?’ and the other was ‘Is hydraulic fracturing safe?’ And on both of those questions I am now completely persuaded.” – October 2016
“I find it extraordinary that Labour members seem to equate the deployment of renewables with decarbonisation. That is simply not the case. They fail to recognise that fuel poverty and endless renewables subsidies go hand in hand. – January 2016″
House of Commons – Written Answers – 21st January 2016
Michelle Donelan (Conservative MP for Chippenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of (a) known available oil and gas reserves and (b) reserves estimated to be found as a result of fracking she plans to be left unexploited.
Andrea Leadsom (Minister of State at Department of Energy and Climate Change): The amount of exploitable oil and gas reserves is determined by their commercial viability, which is a decision for industry. The shale gas industry in the UK is still at a very early stage and production has not yet started. The Government will not be able to forecast the scale or timing of shale development until the results from first exploration sites are available and it is possible to estimate the extent of gas that can be technically and commercially recovered.” [Or as they say on planet earth “Haven’t got a clue mate!”]
Michelle Donelan (Conservative MP for Chippenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of how much fresh water will be used during each exploratory fracking operation.
Andrea Leadsom (Minister of State at Department of Energy and Climate Change): The volume of water used will depend on the site, but estimates suggest that the amount needed to operate a fracked well for a decade may be equivalent to the amount needed to water a golf course for a month, or the amount needed to run a 1,000 MW coal-fired power plant for 12 hours.” – January 21 2016 –
If you wonder why we include this incompetent answer here read this. Does this woman ever do anything except parrot what her civil servants tell her? 🙂